David Tlale New York Fashion Week Show
One of the highlights for me this week was attending South African powerhouse designer David Tlale’s New York Fashion Week debut at the Mercedes Benz tents. In the words of US Vice President Joe Biden “this is a big freaking deal”.
As you may know NYFW is where all the top designers in the world (I’m talking Oscar de La Renta, DKNY, Zac Posen, Tracy Reese etc) showcase their collections so it’s an understatement of the year to say that David was in excellent company.
This was David’s first ever stand alone debut at Lincoln Center so expectations were incredibly high and man, did David nail it. I mean he bought his A-game! I have to be honest, I saw his collection at the SA consulate a few months ago, and this week’s collection definitely took it up another notch. The NYFW collection was visually titillating, full of dramatic flair and just all around awesome!
When I walked in to the show, I immediately spotted Dr. Precious Motsepe. A friend of mine introduced the two of us and we chatted for a little bit. She immediately complimented me on my skirt and we talked about Russell Simmons’s upcoming trip to SA, her hubby’s involvement in Art of Life (Russell’s charity) and of course David’s collection. The show had many key players involved to pull it off and I suppose Dr. Motsepe’s was on hand via her African Fashion International organization. She is an accomplished woman in her own right but it blows my mind to think she’s married to a billionaire! Can you imagine how FAB their life is? I digress.. back to the David.
The collection was not your typical runway show; it was what is called a presentation. Meaning the models stand in one place and the guest’s move around the room to see the pieces.
According to the press release “David’s collection in New York is not simply about translating South African design for a North American audience- but rather the transcendence of work through and beyond cultural nuances, and the delivery of work to the global consumers”.
I suspect that South Africa’s best-kept secret is about to become a worldwide phenomenon. Now from what I am hearing, actress Angelina Jolie was backstage prior to David’s show. Word on the street is that the soon to be Mrs. Brad Pitt was enamored with Mr. Tlale’s clothing. Can you imagine her wearing a David Tlale dress on the red carpet?? That would be HUGE!
Don’t we just love this piece? This red sparkly number with the cape is everything. I would so rock that!
I also fell in love with this sheer black dress. I love how the lapels are strategically placed to have a little bit of coverage in the cleavage area.
This black cocktail dress with the feathers on the shoulders is also hot!
The crew from SABC’s Top Billing was also on the scene talking to folks about the fab clothing. They interviewed me about the gorgeous garments, so hopefully my segment makes it on air!
Shout out to Vista K, David’s publicist. He recognized me through Just Curious, you see how Brown Shuga is bringing people together across the world? Love her!
I also got a chance to chat with David Tlale backstage after the show, check out our quick interview about the woman who wears his collection, launching in the US and tips of slimming your figure.
What do you think of David’s collection?
By Makho Ndlovu